BRUSSELS — The European Union's executive wants to allow the 17 member states that use the euro currency to move faster toward economic integration than the broader 27-nation EU.
EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday that more integration and centralization of decision-making in Brussels, at the expense of national capitals' sovereign power, is necessary to overcome the economic crisis. He said eurozone countries should be allowed to pool their debt to protect financially weaker members.
Some experts say that a two-tier EU, in which a core group integrates at a faster pace, threatens to isolate EU members that are not part of the euro, such as Poland. Germany, meanwhile, rejects the pooling of debt.
Barroso also warned governments to keep up reforms even though markets have improved somewhat.